The New York Botanical Garden is proud to announce the creation of a Humanities Institute within the LuEsther T. Mertz Library—a dynamic, new model for innovative research that aims to bridge the divide between the arts and sciences, bringing together scholarship relating to nature, landscape, and the built environment.

As the largest, most comprehensive botanical and horticultural library in the world, the Mertz Library holds, preserves, and presents written and visual collections that are vital to the understanding of man's relationship with plants. With the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, this major initiative strengthens and formalizes the Botanical Garden's academic role among humanities museums and libraries. It will also serve scholars who wish to broaden their areas of expertise in one of the leading research institutions in the world.

For more information on the Humanities Institute and symposia both past and present, visit Plant Talk.

Read about the Humanities Institute Fellows and their latest adventures in the Garden.

Richard Spruce and the Trials of Victorian Bryology

Poetic Botany: Art & Science of the Eighteenth-Century Vegetable World

Support provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

The History of Science and Art in the Garden